Julian Tapales is a London based Filipino artist and researcher. His practice centers on craft and materials as well as the cultural and sense-making structures surrounding them. His masteral project at the Royal College of Art (2019) explored the relationship between religious artifacts and their materiality through a collaborative, multimodal research process that combined enthographic and materials research with novel machine learning techniques.

He has worked with with Professor Pedro Lopes on proprioceptive learning at the Hasso Platzner institute, consulted as a creative technologist with Wayne Mcgregor Studios, participated in MIT Media Labs workshops and taught his own series of classes at the Royal College of Art. He is currently collaborating with Federico Campagna on his research around prophetic culture (book forthcoming next year) and on a series of lectures on metaphyiscs and theology at KABK (in the Hague).

He is interested in developing methodologies that apply computational techniques to more traditional forms of archeological research as well as developing open source tooling to assist with this. His theoretical research interests include Islamic mysticism (especially following the school of Henry Corbin and Louis Massignon) while his technical interests include funtional and type level programming, machine learning and front end web development. He currently works on research tools for social sciences and on developing open source technical infrastructure for activist networks on mutual aid organising.